Chang Shiau Gang

1958

Artist biography

Chang Shiau Gang is a contemporary artist considered well established, Chang Shiau Gang was born in 1958. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Ignasi Aballí, Michaël De Kok, Lars Ahlstrand, Doris Salcedo, and Pavel Besta.

Further Biographical Context for Chang Shiau Gang

Born in 1958, Chang Shiau Gang's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a wish to grow and reinforce itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, developing from graffiti, was starting to truly captivate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, proving that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the global reach of street art would become extremely influential, representing an astonishing form of artistic expression.

Chang Shiau Gang

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